“Venue” is the place (county, generally) where an action is to be heard. Venue can be changed. A party may be granted a change of venue in four situations:
a) if the action is not brought in a proper county (for example, if a wife filed a custody action in a county where she, the husband, nor the child resided at the time of filing), or
b) if the convenience of the witnesses and the “ends of justice” would be promoted by a change of venue, or
c) if the judge has ever been an interested party or counsel, or
d) if a plaintiff in a divorce action requests a change of venue before the defendant has been served with the summons.
David L. McGuire
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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